meanwhile, elsewhere

Friday’s online finds: Inspirational, educational or just silly. Here is what I found this week…

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Have a great weekend! I just finished a 32km run and we’re heading out of province to our friend’s cottage in New Brunswick tonight! I still have some big sunny summer items to tackle on my 100 days 0f summer to-do list (like swim in a lake!) so it should be a great weekend.

Here are some pictures from last weekend’s Not Since Moses Run and kayaking on the Wallace River.

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meanwhile, elsewhere

Friday’s online finds: Inspirational, educational or just silly. Here is what I found this week…

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Have a lovely weekend – I am dog sitting and party planning so you know I’m happy. Plus, I was promised the snow was going to melt so there’s that.

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travelling with a kid

We are on our way home from a mini vacation to my sister’s house in New York State. It has been a whole lot of driving for such a short visit but worth every mile/kilometre!

Having a chance to see my sister, her husband, and our niece and nephew is a rare treat – we try and visit once a year but they are the real troopers who haul the kids up to Canada more often than most sane families would dare. As mentioned before, all of our nieces and nephews live outside of the country which sucks, but at the same time, it is an excuse to travel.

Long gone are the days when Mike and I would get up at 3 am and beeline it out of Montreal, aiming to make record time to Halifax in the VW Golf TDI.

Now with a child, we have had to adjust and here are some tricks we’ve learnt on the road. David is five and has road tripped several times to Montreal and New York and also around California, Spain and Florida so he’s a backseat pro. This being said, it’s not always fun and he’s not always enjoyable but you can’t blame him.

  1. Always try to book a hotel with a pool. Especially if it will be a long day in the car and especially if you have another long day in the car the following day. A pool is a great way to burn some stored-up energy and it’s a great bribing insensitive on the road “Five more hours and thennnnn you can swim”.
  2. Food. Lots of snacks. It’s vacation so don’t stress about being healthy but the more you pack, the less gas station and fast food stops you will require.
  3. Invest in a good pair of earphones. I love these. They enjoy their movie and you can enjoy a good podcast or music up front.
  4. Stay at a hotel with free breakfast.
  5. Take the fastest route always. Kids don’t care much about the scenic route.
  6. Fill a basket with books, markers, paper, activity books, small toys and even an iPad. The more they can reach, the better.
  7. Start the day on the road early and finish early and plan ahead as much as possible so you can stay in a kid-friendly location.
  8. If you can, bring movies to watch on the road.
  9. But, if you have something like a movie, save it for when it’s really bad – do NOT give them all of the good stuff too early.
  10. Expect the unexpected and embrase the rest stops and playgrounds.

We decided to take a day off in between a seven hour day and a ten hour day of driving ahead. Right now I am at a hotel in North Conway, New Hampshire which has two pools, an arcade room, a movie room, DVD rentals, access to easy hiking, shopping and family restaurants. It is actually cheap (less than $100/night) because it is not peak season and it has hopefully helped us recharge before tomorrow’s journey.

Images below: A trip to the Discovery Centre in Binghamton

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Images below: A kid free night at an AHL game. Who knew there were two Nova Scotian’s on the Binghamton team. We spent most of the game yelling Port Hawkesbury! Antigonish! Thank you to Mat’s mom who got the kids to sleep before we got home.IMG_1543 IMG_1550 IMG_1556 IMG_1558

Images below: Binghamton has an awesome playground
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Images below: Hiking in North Conway, New Hampshire
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Let me know if you have any additional tricks. Safe travels!

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road trip

Off to Cape Breton we go!

Somehow I managed to get myself on a team for the 2014 Cabot Trail Relay. A friend of a friend was looking for a last minute filler for leg 3 and I said “Sure, why not?”. I’ve been told my leg is flat and short (13.5 km) compared to the others … it is actually one of the easiest (see below)!

What’s the Cabot Trail Relay? …

The annual Cabot Trail Relay Race is a 185 mile/276.33 km, 17 stage relay race through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world… beginning in Baddeck, Cape Breton, over steep mountains in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, through many small communities around the famous Cabot Trail, to the gently rolling Margaree Valley.

How could I say no?

I managed to convince Mike and David to come along for the drive and while I am running / cheering, they can explore the Fortress of Louisbourg (win win). I haven’t been to Cape Breton in years and I am really excited to see the Cabot Trail again. Funny how you rarely take the time to explore your own back yard.

Even though I don’t know much about the logistics of the relay, nor do I even know my team name, I am pretty excited to meet everyone and see what it is all about. I am not running up a mountain or in the middle of the night so it can’t be that hard. Right?

In honor of getting outside and going on a pre-season summer road trip, here is a sample of some of my favourite stationery from the company Scout’s Honor Co. I have their cards displayed in my office as a reminder that it’s not all about work… especially when the weather finally warms up.

Safe travels!

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And yes, it is true, East Coast Girls are hip.

Here is a map of the relay for those who care:

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All Scout’s Honor Co. images are from their website. Check them out!